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Rivera-Rodriguez, Melanis, PhD

Title: Licensed Psychologist

Office: Medical Student Counseling and Wellness Center

Phone: 305-348-1460


Education: Doctor in Psychology, Psy.D.

Dr. Melanis Rivera-Rodríguez is a licensed psychologist who is a Doctor in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a focus on Clinical Psychology from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Puerto Rico. Dr. Rivera - Rodríguez was formally trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and evidence based practices while completing a certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health from UMASS Amherst in 2012. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez completed a Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation informed internship in 2013.

After completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship degree in 2014 from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine with a specialty in Clinical Health Psychology. She became licensed in the state of Florida in 2014 and has worked in hospital settings, private treatment center, and community counseling settings. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez’s areas of interest span from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and practices from an integrative model that incorporates interpersonal, acceptance and commitment, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness therapies. Her research interests include benefits of mindfulness, personality styles, post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma processing and enhancing the well-being of medical students.

Dr. Rivera - Rodríguez work specializes in eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. She is currently an Assistant Professor and a part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez approach focused on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations in destigmatizing and enhancing the accessibility to therapeutic and counseling services.

Education and Training

Certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health
University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Integrated Primary Care
Amherst, Massachusetts

Doctor in Psychology, Psy.D.
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Fellowship degree in Clinical Health Psychology
Jackson memorial Hospital/ University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida


  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Primary Care Behavioral Health Interventions


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